Zoomer Apps 101: Lifestyle
By Charlotte Bumstead
TripIt (iPhone/iPad/Android/WP7) Free
Plan multiple trips with this travel organizer. Forward all travel-related emails and receive a day-by-day itinerary. By including your flight and hotel info, TripIt will generate a map with driving directions from airport to lodging. Tap a listed flight to receive departure and arrival times, as well as gates, terminals, flight duration and even type of aircraft. The wrinkle: SMS and email alerts for flight cancellations and delays require a $49 annual membership.
Find my iPhone (iPhone/iPad) Free
Use this app to protect your phone from thieves, or even if you have misplaced your device. Sign up through Apple, then log in and view your phone on a map. You can sound an alarm and display a message on the screen, and then lock it with a password. The wrinkle: Drains your battery; device must be turned on in order to locate it.
Mixologist (iPhone/Android) $0.99/$1.49
Download 8,000 drink recipes sorted by name, ingredient or category (from winter-friendly hot drinks to frozen summertime blends). Or simply enter the liquor and mixes hiding in your cupboard to get cocktail ideas. The wrinkle: Instructions are brief; search insists on brand names.